Regional: Establishment of Regional Knowledge Hubs

Sovereign Project | 39201-012

Summary

The main purpose of this TA is to support one of five key outputs of the Knowledge Management Frameworkin 2004 to expand knowledge sharing, learning, and dissemination through external relations and networking. The TA aims to support knowledge hubs in selected DMCs as centers of excellence to (i) promote germination or growth of identified knowledge and technologies, (ii) translate or adopt national and international knowledge in these areas for local use, (iii) reduce domestic knowledge and skill gaps in these areas, and (iv) promote exchange of knowledge and information. Through these knowledge hubs, the TA will (i) introduce the latest knowledge and advanced technologies in identified areas

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Project Name Establishment of Regional Knowledge Hubs
Project Number 39201-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 6295-REG: Establishment of Regional Knowledge Hubs
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 990,000.00
TA 6295-REG: Establishment of Regional Knowledge Hubs (Supplementary)
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 150,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Public sector management - Economic affairs management
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming No gender elements
Description

The main purpose of this TA is to support one of five key outputs of the Knowledge Management Frameworkin 2004 to expand knowledge sharing, learning, and dissemination through external relations and networking. The TA aims to support knowledge hubs in selected DMCs as centers of excellence to (i) promote germination or growth of identified knowledge and technologies, (ii) translate or adopt national and international knowledge in these areas for local use, (iii) reduce domestic knowledge and skill gaps in these areas, and (iv) promote exchange of knowledge and information. Through these knowledge hubs, the TA will (i) introduce the latest knowledge and advanced technologies in identified areas

needed in selected DMCs or across the region; and (ii) support the creation of a pool of experts in those areas, which will continue to serve the DMCs concerned and the region. These knowledge hubs will improve ADB's networking in the region and enhance its ability to respond effectively to DMCs' needs by providing reliable and relevant knowledge and information, along with a pool of experts in these new areas.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

There is a demand from developing member countries (DMCs) for (i) building knowledge and capacity in new and emerging areas, (ii) supporting quick adoption of new technologies

being developed and tried across the region and the globe, and (iii) facilitating knowledge sharing in the region. While some middle-income countries have managed to create pockets of capacity in new and emerging areas including science and technology the vast majority of the Asian Development Bank's (ADB's) DMCs have severe capacity deficits in these areas. Even middle-income countries face a wide knowledge gap in some new and emerging technologies that are highly relevant to their future development. Further, regional knowledge exchange is currently not very effective and scattered around the region. The proposed technical assistance (TA) will help build capacity on identified new and emerging development topics in DMCs,2 thus enhancing the skills and expertise in DMCs and strengthening knowledge sharing in these areas. This TA responds to DMCs' demands and ADB's operational needs.

Modern economies are characterized by a complex interplay of competition and collaboration between economic actors. The contribution of competition to economic efficiency

and productivity is intuitively easier to grasp. But some key determinants of growth in modern economies involve the acquisition of new and emerging technologies. This requires generation and adoption of scientific knowledge and new technologies, the pursuit of innovation, and the development of the necessary human resources. This also requires extensive collaboration and networking with relevant parties across the region and the world. Recent analyses, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Growth Study: Some Implications for Statistics3 and the United Nations World Investment Review4, have identified these as powerful factors that drive economic growth. These data show a strong correlation between the percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) spent on research and development and GDP per capita underscoring the increasing importance of new knowledge and technology for development. There is wide understanding that the Asia-Pacific region needs to become innovative and technologically more advanced if it is to continue the high growth rates seen over the last few decades. The Asian Development Outlook 20035 identified knowledge as the most important resource in maintaining the Asia and Pacific region's competitiveness, given the rapid rate of change created by globalization and technological innovation.

In light of the above, ADB must assume a more proactive role as catalyst6 of applied knowledge in the region, which is critical for the future development of its DMCs. While new

knowledge and technologies are being developed successfully in different countries and regions, a key challenge facing DMCs is to capture and translate this international knowledge into locally useful knowledge. There is a need to develop knowledge hubs in the region to make available and disseminate identified new basic and applied knowledge of relevance to DMCs. These knowledge hubs should capture (and participate in creating) knowledge generated elsewhere nationally or internationally and develop these further to meet specific local needs. Further, these knowledge hubs should become key reservoirs of relevant expertise and serve as main agents of dissemination of such knowledge in DMCs and the region.

These knowledge hubs should aim to mainstream new concepts in innovation, science, technology, management development, and related fields for the region. They should also

promote improved exchange of data, information, and knowledge; and increase the capabilities of institutions and organizations in the region. Initiatives have created a wealth of knowledge base and expertise throughout the region. However, the capabilities of regional organizations and institutes in disseminating and sharing their findings are limited. Information is not enriched through regional cooperation, and information and expertise bases largely remain scattered around the region and fail to provide the multiplier effect that could be achieved if it were nurtured with more support for regional knowledge exchange. As the knowledge hub will focus on new development topics, experience and lessons learned from ADB knowledge sharing initiatives such as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) center of excellence will be applied in the establishment of the knowledge hubs.

Impact Development of the region by facilitating learning, knowledge dissemination, exchange, and sharing with and among DMCs on new and emerging development issues through the knowledge hubs
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Improvement in applied knowledge and exchange of information on identified new and emerging areas in the region, and availability of skilled manpower in identified areas in the region
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

About 6 knowledge hubs in identified areas in selected DMCs involved in creation, sharing, and dissemination of knowledge in the region on distinct value-adding topics

Stakeholders have access to up-to-date knowledge products tailored to client or regional needs

Strengthened partnerships with development institutions and academies

Regional cooperation through the creation and dissemination of knowledge and solutions developed to meet regional development challenges

Workshops on disseminating knowledge products

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services International Consultants (30 person months) domestic (35 person months) Expertise in knowledge transfer capturing techniques, design and develop in depth knowledge products and services that the match the needs identified in the region DMCs and ADB.
Responsible ADB Officer David J. Kruger
Responsible ADB Department SDCC
Responsible ADB Division Knowledge Management Center
Executing Agencies
Asian Development BankOlivier Serratoserrat@adb.org6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong
Metro Manila, Philippines
P.O. Box 789, 1099 Manila,
Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 18 Nov 2005
Fact Finding 11 Mar 2005 to 25 Mar 2005
MRM -
Approval 21 Dec 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 16 Mar 2006
Last PDS Update 16 Apr 2010

TA 6295-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Dec 2005 - 21 Dec 2005 31 Dec 2007 31 Dec 2012 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
1,140,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,140,000.00 21 Dec 2005 1,132,571.60
Title Document Type Document Date
Establishment of Regional Knowledge Hubs TA Completion Reports Oct 2013
Establishment of Regional Knowledge Hubs Technical Assistance Reports Dec 2005

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